Warrensville Heights City Schools Summer Reading Program Entering Grades 3 & 4 2009 June 5, 2009 Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s): The required Summer Reading Program has become a long-standing tradition in the Warrensville Heights City School District. While summer is a time for your child to relax and play with friends, it is also a time to curl up with a good book and read. Summer reading is not only enjoyable it is a must. Studies have shown that when children read each day they learn to read faster and improve comprehension skills. If children don’t read for a month or two, they are likely to lose much of the progress they have made during the year. Children who read during the summer start school ready to continue their progress and will adapt more quickly to their grade level curriculum. During the summer we expect our third and fourth grade students to read and enjoy books from the Summer Reading List. Students are to choose one book from the grade level selections and complete a book review. The completed book review will be the first graded assignment for the fall quarter. The value of this assignment is worth 100 points of the first quarter grade. In addition to the Summer Reading Assignment, students who complete the Summer Reading Bingo Game or the 10 Book Reading Challenge will receive an incentive at the start of the school year. Summer Reading materials include: 1. Book Report Guidelines and Book Report Form 2. Reading Lists 3. Reading Response Rubric 4. Summer Bingo Game Form 5. 10 Book Reading Challenge Form Upon returning to school in August, students must hand in the completed Summer Reading materials BEFORE THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES TO THEIR READING TEACHER. Summer Reading selections are available at area bookstores and libraries. The books can also be acquired from online bookstores. It is the student’s responsibility to get the book and complete the appropriate assignment. Failure to complete the Summer Reading activity will result in a reduction of the first quarter’s final grade. THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM IS A LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE REQUIREMENT! We are asking for your support in this assignment to ensure that your son/daughter begins the school year in a positive way. We appreciate your continued support of your child’s academic pursuits. With your encouragement and support of this Summer Reading assignment, your son/daughter will begin the 2009-2010 school year in a very positive manner. The Summer Reading information will be available at the Warrensville Heights Branch Library and on our website at www.warrensville.k12.oh.us. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s building principal or the Board of Education at 295-7710. Sincerely, Dr. Kelly Washington, Director of Curriculum & Instruction SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMER READING LIST ENTERING GRADE THREE Title Author Title Author Alexander, Who Used To Be Judith Viorst New Neighbors For Johanna Hurwitz Rich Last Sunday Nora Back Home Gloria Jean Pinkney No Bad News Kenneth Cole Centerfield Ballhawk Matt Christopher Polar Bears Past Mary Pope Osborne Bedtime Double Fudge Judy Blume Shark in School Patricia Reilly Giff Elevator Family Douglas Evans Strega Nona Tomie de Paola Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Donald J. Sobol Sunday Outing Gloria Jean Pinkney Detective Freckle Juice Judy Blume Sideways Arithmetic Louis Sachar from Wayside School Good Grief…Third Grade Colleen McKenna The Meanest Thing To Bill Cosby Say The Honest-To-Goodness Truth Patricia McKissack The Story of Money Betsy Maestro How Much Is a Million David M. Schwartz Tar Beach Faith Ringgold Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe Third Grade Stinks! Colleen O’Shaugnessy Nate The Great (series) Marjorie Sharmat Virgie Goes To School Elizabeth F. Howard With Us Boys SUMMER READING LIST ENTERING GRADE FOUR Title Author Title Author A Job for Jenny Archer Ellen Conford The Mystery of Mr. Bruce Hale Nice Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Patricia Polacco The Patchwork Quilt Valerie Flourney Bearskin Bully of Barkham Street Howard Pyle The Princess and the Lauren Child Pea Class President Johanna Hurwitz Reggie Eve Bunting Drinking Gourd F. N. Monjo Richard Wright & the William Miller Library Card The Frog Principal Stephanie Calmenson Rosa Nikki Giovanni Goin’ Someplace Special Patricia McKissack Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary Satchel Paige Lesa Cline-Ransome Herbie Jones Moves On Suzy Kline Skittles Math Riddles Barbara McGrath King’s Chessboard David Birch Something About Patricia Polacco Hensley’s Little Cliff & the Porch People Clifton L. Taulbert Tales of a Fourth Judy Blume Grade Nothing Math Curse Jon Scieszka Three Pigs, One Wolf, Grace Maccarone and Seven Magic Shapes The Midnight Fox Betsy Byars Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges Reading Response Rubric Entering Grades 3-4 Reports will be scored using the following rating scale. □ Each answer is written in a complete sentence. □ Answers are thoughtful and well written. OUTSTANDING □ Spelling has been proofread and corrected. 4 Points □ Special directions have been followed. A □ There are fewer than two errors in punctuation and capitalization. □ Handwriting is neat and readable. □ The project is neat and well organized. □ Each answer is written in a complete sentence. GOOD □ Most answers are thoughtful and well written. 3 Points □ Most spelling has been proofread and corrected. B □ Special directions have been followed. □ There are no more than four errors in punctuation and capitalization. □ Handwriting is somewhat neat and readable. □ The project is fairly neat and well organized. □ Some answers are not written in complete sentences. SATISFACTORY □ Some answers are not thoughtful and well written. 2 Points □ Some spelling has been corrected. C □ Special directions are followed some of the time. □ There are many punctuation and capitalization errors. □ Handwriting is not very neat or readable. □ The project is not very neat or well organized. □ Answers are not written in complete sentences. NEEDS □ Answers show little thought. IMPROVEMENT □ There are numerous spelling errors. 1 Point □ Special directions have not been followed. D □ There are many punctuation and capitalization errors. □ Handwriting is not very neat or readable. □ The project is messy and poorly organized 0 Points □ Did not turn in report. Name __________________________________________________________________ SUMMER READING RESPONSE TO LITERATURE ENTERING GRADES 3-4 Title Author Illustrator Setting Where and when the story takes place. Solution How was the problem solved? Characters Describe your favorite character in the book. Tell why you liked this character. Plot If your could change something about the story, what would it be? Problem/Conflict What is the problem in the story? Personal Thoughts Would you recommend this book to a friend? Yes No Why or why not? ntering rade Entering Grade 4 astwood ohn ewey Westwood __________________ has read the following books. Please complete this form and return it to your teacher by the end of the first week of school. Title Author 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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